The beauty of studying Agricultural Science means that there is always something to be involved in, and the holidays are no exception.
Over the two weeks break, Isabella Cornell and Dakotah Davis choose to immerse themselves into loads of practical learning on cattle washing and grooming in preparation for the Handling Completion at the Kilcoy show. This was made possible due to Steve and Bianca Ferris welcoming the students to their property and allowing them to show cattle from their impeccable Black Angus stud “Sirref”. The students gained an enormous amount of confidence in handling cattle as well as a significant understanding of all that is required to show stud cattle.
The Kilcoy show day was an all-round amazing experience for the students. Watching the cattle being judged enable the students to see different cattle breeds and gain understanding of various judging classes. Sirref’s Black Angus cattle were exceptional and the Ferris family had some great achievements on the day. Both Isabella and Dakotah showed great courage stepping out into the
very first time, they confidently went out and competed against many very experienced handlers. Both girls did themselves proud and came away with a greater understanding of what is required to handle and show stud cattle. A massive thank you to the Ferris Family and all their gorgeous cattle for making this possible!
University of Western Australia
On another exciting note, all of the Agricultural Science students have completed the University of Western Australia’s Agricultural Economics, Environment and Nature course. Whilst obviously at a much higher level than their senior studies, all students did exceptionally well. In particular, Taylor Olsen, Taylah Holt and Cooen Oosen each achieved an exceptional ‘Distinction’ after a grueling exam. The students should be very proud of themselves for the effort and dedication it took to complete this course and do so well! Congratulations to each of you!
University of Queensland Sunflower Competition Update
The sunflowers are growing like crazy with various different fertilizing methods being employed. This year it looks as though height has taken precedence over weight, with plants heading for the clouds. The students are looking forward to the weigh-in day on 19 May at UQ Gatton where they will get to participate in small workshops, take a tour of the Gatton campus and learn about the many career opportunities in the agricultural industry.
Jade King, Head of Agricultural Science